Germany is supporting the Adaptation Fund with €50 million


Germany is supporting climate change adaptation in developing countries with further payments into the Adaptation Fund. Photo: Julie Steinen

More robust support for adaptation to climate change is a key concern of developing countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. The German government has responded to the developing countries’ call and is topping up its multilateral commitment to adaptation finance with an additional 150 million euros. Of this sum, 100 million euros from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will strengthen the Global Environment Facility fund for least developed countries. The Federal Environment Ministry is contributing another 50 million euros to the Adaptation Fund

"Germany is a reliable partner in the funding of measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change. We have supported the Adaptation Fund for many years. This signals our solidarity with those suffering the most from the impacts of climate change. The Adaptation Fund facilitates an equal partnership with developing countries, which have an equal say in the programmes and concrete projects. Other G7 countries such as Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom,have also pledged their support. I hope that this commitment will add momentum to the important negotiations on adaptation finance this week,” said Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze at the COP26 in Glasgow.

Projects supported by the Adaptation Fund inlcude early warning systems for extreme weather events such as flooding and forest fires, efficient irrigation systems in agriculture, transboundary coastal zone and water management, and securing alternative livelihoods for farming and forestry communities. To date, Germany has contributed 390 million euros to the Adaptation Fund, making it the biggest donor. The funds are provided under the International Climate Initiative (IKI), which itself supports numerous adaptation projects in addition to the annual contribution to the Adaptation Fund. These IKI projects focus in particular on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). There are currently 55 IKI adaptation projects underway, with total funding of 728 million euros.